The Executive / Personal Brand Coach for High Achieving
Leaders and Pivotal Leadership Teams . . .
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value, stand out IN a crowd, and create
sustainable career success!
Conversations and strategies about how to stand out
IN a crowd and create sustainable success while making a difference through
high impact contributions.
A Message from Gerrie
Did you know that the brain represents
only 2% of our body weight, but it requires almost 25% of our body’s
This fact piqued my curiosity about the
impact on your leadership presence when you feel mentally depleted. The
research closely aligns with our conversation over the past few months about
getting your Needs met and the ‘heavy energy’ that results when your Needs
aren’t met. This feeling of mental depletion has a significant impact on
your ability to ‘act decisively’, a leadership capability integrated into
many company development plans.
When you act decisively, you demonstrate
courage by taking a risk to propose an innovative idea in a group setting.
It is also reflected in your ability to synthesize complex information,
gathered from multiple sources, and knowing when it’s enough to make a well
thought out judgment call.
What stands in the way of YOUR ability
to act decisively? Here are a few tips from my research to uplevel your
decision making capability:
- Conserve your mental energy. “Once
you’re mentally depleted, you’re more likely to make trade-offs.”
- Eat nourishing food throughout the
day. “Your brain needs glucose [for effective decision making].”
- Collaborate with your trusted
advisors. “Sometimes, it’s best to run your ideas by others.”
But, you may be asking . . . What does
this have to do with the Hedgehog vs. Fox question?
In Jim Collins book, Good to Great, he compares the companies on the
Good to Great list to the hedgehog … always focused on their consistent
method of success. We all know that focusing on what brings out your best,
your core competency, is what results in the greatest success and sense of
fulfillment, i.e. the hedgehog.
But, there are so many distractions that can trigger your emotions, deplete
your mental energy or reduce your willpower to do what you know is in your
best interest. We’ve all experienced these distractions, so I’ve outlined a
few specific strategies to help you reduce these distractions in our article
below, Are you more like a hedgehog or a fox?
By the way, did you get a chance to take the Coaching Challenge from our
August 2011 edition of Success Matters to identify what emotional
triggers distract you from achieving a BIG goal that you want for yourself?
To your unique success,
Executive l Personal Brand Coach
Who helps high achieving leaders
stand out IN a crowd . . .
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organizations and corporations are sponsoring speaking events
to inspire and motivate their leaders! Watch for upcoming events in
Here’s a snapshot of my
upcoming speaking events and sponsors, focused on
“Leverage Your Unique Genius To Drive Innovation”
- November 15:
Greater Valley Forge Human Resource Association (GVFHRA), King of Prussia,
To learn more about Gerrie’s speaking and make a referral to
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"Are you more like a Hedgehog or a Fox?"
Have you figured out yet whether you’re more
like a hedgehog or a fox?
Here are a
few more hints to help you decide . . . a fox is
always quickly jumping forward to attack the hedgehog. The
hedgehog simply rolls into a ball of spikes in
defense. While the fox is depicted as fast and agile,
the hedgehog consistently focuses on his core
The Hedgehog Concept, according to Jim Collins, isn’t a goal to BE the
best, or even an intention to BE the best. It’s an understanding of what
you can BE the best at. So, wouldn’t you assume that everyone aspires to
Well, most people would except for one thing - the core elements are
connecting with what you’re deeply passionate about and consistently
delivering on your core competency. These are difficult to identify,
especially when you’re surrounded by things that negatively trigger your
emotions or drain your mental energy.
Identifying your Needs, defining how to get them met more consistently,
and then following through on your plan is one strategy to clear out
Another strategy is to conserve and recharge your mental energy with
a few simple practices. For example:
- Alternate your mental activity. In
other words, alternate linear, analytical, creative and social
activities to challenge your intellect and regain energy and focus.
- Conserve your willpower. People
with the best self-control structure their lives and establish
habits that eliminate the mental effort of making choices.
For example, they don’t schedule back-to-back meetings. Rather than
having to ‘push’ themselves to get up early in the
morning to workout, they
schedule an appointment with a friend to workout together or book an
accountability call with a friend so they eliminate the choice … do
I go back to bed or get up to workout?
- Make important decisions in the
morning. As the day progresses, your energy reserves are further
depleted. Throughout the day, we’re all faced with a lot of little
decisions that add up at the end of the day. Thus, the wisdom of the
phrase, “I’ll sleep on it.”
- Get adequate sleep, eat healthy,
exercise, and reduce stress! Highly successful people who can
consistently focus on their core competency, plan ahead to avoid a
crisis. They allow for the unexpected in their project timelines
[personal and professional] and do things, such as they take the car
for repairs before it gets to the crisis point.
- Allow time to surface insights that are
unconscious. Psychologists found this to be essential in complex
decision making. If you don’t have time to delay a decision, shift
your mind to a new activity that allows your unconscious genius to
you decided . . .
Are you more like a Hedgehog or a Fox?
Your Coaching Challenge:
Identify your core competency and focus on it, consistently this month.
Notice what distracts you and when you experience a feeling like ‘heavy
energy’. These are clues about a Need that isn’t being met or practices
that are depleting your mental energy! Take time to practice some of the
strategies outlined above to create more energy reserves.
For more information about how to identify your core competency or get
your Needs met, contact us at
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“The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from
Extraordinary Lives” Author, Katie Couric. Publisher: Random House. April
Online Overview: “In this
inspiration-packed book, Katie Couric reports from the front lines of the
worlds of politics, entertainment, sports, philanthropy, the arts, and
business—distilling the ingenious, hard-won insights of leaders and
visionaries, who tell us all how to take chances, follow our passions, cope
with criticism, and, perhaps most important, commit to something greater
Delightful, empowering, and moving, The Best Advice I Ever Got is the
perfect book for anyone who is thinking about the future, contemplating
taking a risk, or daring to make a leap into the great unknown. This
book is for all of us, young or old, who want to see how today’s best and
brightest got it right, got it wrong, and came out on top.”
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Unique Genius™ Coaching
Coaching is a confidential partnership between you, the
Client, and your Coach to help you achieve your next level of success faster
and with greater focus and clarity. Some of the benefits include . . .
- Positions you as a more influential leader
- Earn the respect and trust of other leaders across
all functional areas
- Other leaders easily recognize what's different,
relevant and unique about you
- Create loyal ‘brand advocates’ who endorse you
- Helps you forge collaborative partnerships across the
- You are sought out to lead high visibility, highly
leveraged and credible projects
Gerrie Dresser is an ICF
credentialed Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and practical, innovative
executive l personal brand coach and thought leader. She delivers high impact
individual and team coaching through the Unique
Genius™ Coaching Model.
If you’re ready to step into a bigger game for your work / life, contact
Gerrie for a complimentary Unique Genius strategic consultation at
For more information about Gerrie:
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